HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

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HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby marshmarauder » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:23 pm

Hi all,

As I've said before in previous posts, I am relatively new to waterfowl hunting and especially waterfowl hunting in MA (originally being from NJ). I plan on hunting the Connecticut River this year, however, I am having trouble finding information on any state website regarding hunting on the river. Is the whole river able to be hunted (keeping state distance laws in mind)? My major question is this…The city of Holyoke, for instance, does not allow the discharge of firearms within city limits. Does this mean I am unable to hunt portions of the Connecticut River "within" Holyoke? I would be hunting from a boat. I'm sure my example is encountered in different areas throughout the state including the Merrimack River out East. I can't find any state publications anyway and keep getting the "run around" with my online searches. If anyone out there has any useful information or can point in the direction of any written documentation that would be fantastic. I will most likely have to end up contacting the EPO's for an answer. It seems like every time I scout out a good spot I end up researching it and finding out it's not able to be hunted for some reason or another. The clock is ticking and I'm looking for answers AND DUCKS!
Thanks Guys and Girls!
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Re: HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby greener » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:29 am

The city of Holyoke, for instance, does not allow the discharge of firearms within city limits. Does this mean I am unable to hunt portions of the Connecticut River "within" Holyoke?

No discharge means exactly that.

You need to do your homework. Each town is differant. EPOS will be of help many will not as they are not familar with all town regs. I will tell you this waterfowel hunting in inland mass can be very difficult make sure you follow the distance rules... for example many rivers have parks along the banks in which you cannot hunt... call local police to find out discharge laws..... I saw alot of EPOS last season getting folks on that alone hunting to close to house camps along rivers/ ponds..... Google will not help alot... lots of windshiled time and walking and glassing... just my advice good luck...
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Re: HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby Kraut » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:08 pm

I am not sure this is correct, the EPO i spoke with said if you are on the river, you would not be subject to the non discharge law in that town. Discuss.....
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Re: HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby Professor_Leakey » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:24 pm

if the river is tidal you can hunt below the high water mark, assuming distances from roads/buildings are all safe and in accordance with the laws.
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Re: HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby duckstopper333 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:51 pm

1st thing you might want to do is visit the CT Valley Wildlife District in Belchertown and "talk" to an actual person about your concerns. If you have specific areas that you are interested in that would be helpful. Then you might also want to speak with an EPO that patrols those areas. EPO's have been know to give hunters hints on where to hunt.

Be prepared to deal with LEO's that might be responding to a "shots fired" call. Often they won't know the law, but they'll try to make you leave anyway. Knowing the area you're hunting is legal and having the name and phone number of an official that told you that spot was legal will be helpful.

Good luck!
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Re: HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby waterswatter413 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:13 pm

Wasn't "kraut" the guy who accused murrrayyy of shooting an owl then told everyone that all epos are no good...I've enjoyed the forum for a while but be wary of advice from antis like the kraut
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Re: HUNTING MASS WATERWAYS

Postby pequawhonk1 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:52 pm

Kraut wrote:I am not sure this is correct, the EPO i spoke with said if you are on the river, you would not be subject to the non discharge law in that town. Discuss.....


This is absolutely incorrect. Massachusetts is home rule, therefore, jurisdiction extends to town boundries and in cases of coastal communities or navigable waterway the by-law prhibiting discharge extends to the coperate limit of city or town. If this bad advice was only the case everyone would be hunting the Taunton River in Somerset. I doubt the state would want to get into enforcing town by-laws and they would need specific authorization in the by-law to enforce. If you doubt me ask local police department, since they will be responding and writing you a citation.

Now Rhode Island is another story. State charter cuts cities and towns off at mean high water. One license for shellfishing the entire state. Town or city can say no Sundays and Sundays are fair game below mean high water.
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